Mayors of #Rotterdam, #Groningen and #Nijmegen: cut ties with Russian ‘Sister Cities’ until Anti-Gay Law is repealed
  • Petitioning Dhr. Ahmed Aboutaleb

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Burgemeester van Rotterdam
Dhr. Ahmed Aboutaleb
Burgemeester van Groningen
Dhr. Peter Rehwinkel
Burgemeester van Nijmegen
Dhr. Hubert Bruls

Mayors of #Rotterdam, #Groningen and #Nijmegen: cut ties with Russian ‘Sister Cities’ until Anti-Gay Law is repealed

    1. geer oskam
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      geer oskam

      Amsterdam, Netherlands

Nederlands

What do Rotterdam and Sint Petersburg, Groningen and Kaliningrad, Nijmegen and Pskov have in common? They are all ‘Sister Cities’ - a city-bond with the purpose to show friendship, exchange culture and support each others governance.

On Saturday, August 3rd, during the Dutch Gay Pride, we ask the Mayors of Rotterdam, Groningen and Nijmegen to break the city’s bond with their Russian Sister City.

The Russian government passed a law in June that makes it a crime to demonstrate for LGBT-rights*, show a rainbow flag or publicly give your partner a kiss. The fines on these acts of love go up to 200,000 rubles (about 4,700 euros) or 14 days in jail.

The Russian Anti-Gay Law singles out a minority group and legitimizes violence against LGBT people. Following Reykjavik, Venice and Milan, we ask the Mayors of Rotterdam, Groningen and Nijmegen to break the city’s bond with their Russian Sister City until the Anti-Gay Law is declared invalid.

The Governance of our Dutch cities should make clear that criminalizing a display of love can not be rewarded with the status of 'Sister City'.

(*LGBT - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
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      geer oskam
      Petition Organizer
      Burgemeesters, verbreek banden met Russische 'Zustersteden' tot Anti-Homowet verworpen is.

      Wat hebben Rotterdam en Op zaterdag 3 augustus, tijdens de Nederlandse Gay Pride, vragen wij het bestuur van Rotterdam, Groningen en Vlissingen de band met hun Russische 'Zusterstad' te verbreken. Sint Petersburg, Groningen en Kaliningrad, Vissingen en De bestuurders van onze Nederlandse steden moeten duidelijk maken dat het strafbaar maken van liefde niet beloond kan worden met de status van 'Zusterstad'.

    3. Reached 25 signatures

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 4 months ago

      The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.

      (Rita Mae Brown)

      The engine of my entire action is justice, all the rest would be for me a missed life.

      (Alice Schwarzer)

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    • Jasmina Kirsch GERMANY
      • 8 months ago

      Cause everybody is human and should have the right to do whatever he/she wants with his/her own life or body.

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    • Hylke Hoekstra AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
      • 9 months ago

      Respect!

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    • Helena Coghie GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      We are ALL human, so let's be humane

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    • Jet Ceelen GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      so judgemental, so ugly, this law. as a born and raised Dutch woman I can not believe this would be acceptable.

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